|News » News Archives||News Archives | RSS Feeds|
Thursday, December 19, 2013 | Valley Football
Valley Football - Walter Camp All-Americans
Four Missouri Valley Football Conference players represent the league on the Walter Camp All-America football team, announced by the organization on Wednesday, Dec. 18. North Dakota State is represented by Marcus Williams and Billy Turner; South Dakota State's Zach Zenner represents SDSU on the team; and DB Caleb Schaffitzel is from Missouri State.
NEW HAVEN, CT – Three-time selection Marcus Williams (North Dakota State) headlines Walter Camp’s 2013 Football Championship Subdivision All-America team. The team was selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the Football Championship Subdivision schools and certified by the accounting and auditing firm, Marcum LLP.
A defensive back, Williams is just the fifth player to be a three-time Walter Camp All-America selection, joining former New Hampshire standouts, wide receiver David Ball (2004-2006), quarterback David Santos (2005-2007) and linebacker Matt Evans (2010-2012), and Appalachian State defensive back Mark Legree (2008-2010).
Williams and repeat All-Americans Davis Tull (Chattanooga) and Stephon Robertson (James Madisn) lead the defensive unit. Williams has three interceptions on the season, while Tull, the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, posted 15 tackles for loss and nine quarterback sacks. Robertson registered 141 tackles and five sacks for the Dukes.
Defensive end Brad Daly (Montana), the 2013 Buck Buchanan Award winner (presently annually to the top defensive player in the FCS), led the nation with 14 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss during the regular-season.
Three repeat All-Americans comprise the offensive unit, led by wide receiver Erik Lora (Eastern Illinois). Lora caught 123 passes for 1,544 and 19 touchdowns, combining with All-American quarterback and EIU teammate Jimmy Garoppolo. The 2013 Walter Payton Award recipient (FCS’ most outstanding player), Garoppolo led the FCS in passing yards (4,489), passing yards per game (374.1) and touchdown passes (48) on his way to Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors.
In the backfield, junior Zach Zenner (South Dakota State) is a repeat All-American after rushing for 2,105 yards and 23 touchdowns. Joining Zenner in the backfield is junior Terrance West (Towson), who has rushed for a nation-leading 2,305 yards and 38 touchdowns for the Tigers.
Senior offensive tackle Billy Turner (North Dakota State) is a repeat All-American and anchors the offensive line.
In all, players from eight different conferences and 21 institutions are represented on the 2013 Walter Camp FCS All-America team. The Big Sky Conference had the most selections with 5, while the Colonial Athletic Association and Missouri Valley Conference each had four honorees. Four schools, including three of the 2013 FCS Playoff semifinalists (North Dakota State, Towson and Eastern Washington), had multiple honorees. Eastern Illinois also had two selections.
Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting All-America teams for the Football Bowl and Championship subdivisions.
2013 Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team
Pos. Name, School Hgt Wgt Class Hometown
WR Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois # 5-10 190 Sr. Miami, FL
WR Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington 6-2 195 Fr. Yakima, WA
TE Andrew Robustelli, Jacksonville 6-3 210 Jr. Sarasota, FL
OL Dakota Dozier, Furman 6-5 303 Sr. West Columbia, SC
OL Eric Pike, Towson 6-5 298 Sr. Landover, MD
OL Billy Turner, North Dakota State # 6-6 314 Sr. Shoreview, MN
OL Danny Kistler, Jr., Montana 6-8 315 Sr. Seattle, WA
C Ashton Miller, Eastern Washington 6-2 300 Sr. Vancouver, WA
QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois 6-3 222 Sr. Arlington Heights, IL
RB Terrance West, Towson 5-11 223 Jr. Baltimore, MD
RB Zach Zenner, South Dakota State # 6-0 220 Jr. Eagan, MN
PK Griffin Thomas, Jacksonville State 6-0 198 Sr. Snellville, GA
Pos. Name, School Hgt Wgt Class Hometown
DL Shaquille Riddick, Gardner-Webb 6-7 240 Jr. Akron, OH
DL Davis Tull, Chattanooga 6-3 240 Jr. Knoxville, TN
DL Brad Daly, Montana State 6-1 240 Sr. Helena, MT
DL Terrance Fede, Marist 6-5 270 Sr. Nyack, NY
LB Justin Shade, Samford 5-10 229 Sr. Birmingham, AL
LB Stephon Robertson, James Madison # 5-11 230 Sr. Alexandria, VA
LB Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina 5-10 215 Jr. Greenwood, SC
DB Jerome Couplin, William & Mary 6-2 215 Sr. Upper Marlboro, MD
DB Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State 6-0 214 Jr. Fair Grove, MO
DB Marcus Williams, North Dakota State * 5-11 192 Sr. Minneapolis, MN
DB Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State 6-2 210 Jr. Fort Wayne, IN
P Kyle Loomis, Portland State 6-2 210 Jr. Roseburg, OR
KR Xavier Roberson, Southeastern Louisiana 5-9 170 Soph. Atlanta, GA
* - 2011 and 2012 Walter Camp FCS All-America selection # - 2012 Walter Camp All-America selection